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About fairygarden

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    Lindsey Vincent
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  1. Should I have tackled this?

    I would say the other comment is more worrying. Maybe some group work around similarities and differences, positive images of people of all different skin tones etc. It may well be born of curiosity and open discussion could address any questions / questioning thoughts.
  2. educare

    We didn't receive any indication that old stuff would be lost either. We had 2 people complete courses the day before who had not yet uploaded certificates. Not particularly well managed.
  3. We are looking for Level 2 / 3 practitioners to join our Full day care setting in Cheadle Hulme. We are set in beautiful grounds and have a lovely friendly staff team. If you are interested in joining us on our journey to strive for outstanding, please give us a call on 0161 485 3804 option 2 or email us nursery@ramillieshall.co.uk. We would love to hear from you.

    Hi Joanne, Sorry for not getting back sooner. Thank you for the offer but as there won't be enough for all, I have decided to leave it for this year. Please do go ahead and give them to one of the other groups who have asked. Many thanks

    We would love them at our Nursery as we missed out for various reasons on registering.
  6. Work experience student

    I would also do a risk assessment for young persons in the workplace. Also, ask the student what they need to complete for the school e.g. time sheets, booklets to complete etc. Some young people aren't very good at asking for help in this.
  7. How do you force someone to write their name?
  8. parent complaint

    Why is your staff member getting texts from a Grandparent? Not really the right channel to do this maybe? Maybe you just need to be ready armed with your complaints procedure / policy when they come in. Sometimes people bluster in the heat of the moment, but are quite willing to discuss rationally afterwards.
  9. Dough Disco

    I was wondering how you massaged a pizza!!!
  10. Behaviour Management, help

    Children are not really 'too ready for school' if they are not listening and concentrating. Far from it. It is more likely that they have fear and anxieties about going to school which can also cause unwanted behaviour. If you are saying they are ready for school because they are bored with you, then actually you have answered your own question about how to address this. Also, understanding why children behave the way they do is an enormous help in resolving their issues, even though it can take some time. It is a really worthwhile process and can highlight some very simple to fix causes. What is important is that every child is different, their behaviour is not a collective decision. Have you looked recently at your environment, routines, etc. If they are wanting to run indoors, is there somewhere they can run outside? We too have had some cases of unwanted behaviour recently and have very much gone back to basics, looking at what we have learned over the years, but more importantly actually making sure we all put it into practice consistently.
  11. Deposit

    LA's can't have it all. They want business plans, cashflow forecasts, underfunded places etc etc. Depending on your area, I am not sure they can afford to lose anyone offering funded places. What will they do about it? Nothing I would imagine. If you need to charge a deposit (or call it what you want) why not, it is not the end of the world if it is a modest amount and we all know those real hardship cases who couldn't take up the place if they couldn't pay this fee.
  12. PECS cards

    We have used our own photographs to produce picture cards for 2 children in our setting who have complex needs, including no speech. This was on the advice of our Area Inco. We call it PECS for ease of use, and although I understand that this is a specific system intended to be used in a specific way, we have had to adapt the system in different ways to work for each of our children. We were put off buying an expensive system at this stage as we had already purchased Makaton equipment for these children which proved no benefit t them at this stage (although we are putting it to general good use). Using the cards has enabled us to give some structure to these children's day and to enable the older of the two to be more independent in our routines. I am not sure that to say you must use a specific product in a particular way is particulalry helpful. I would say use what you can and in a way that is appropriate for the child in question. Our 2 children both have autism, but they are very different in their needs.
  13. Biting!

    Hi Mrsbat, When I was reading your e-mail, I was struck how similar your situation is to one we have. We have a little boy who joined us in September, who although he doesn't always bite, can be very aggressive and destructive at times. We are currently working one to one with him most of the time, mainly to protect other children, but also to teach him how to behave socially. It is very hard work and definately two steps forward one step back, but it is starting to work. It is a difficult balance isn't it between looking after the interests of the child, and of other children and doing PR with the parents who think there children are never to blame, and helping staff cope. We share the job between 2 of us, (anymore and he would become confused by possible inconsistencies). We role model good behaviour and give praise for any tiny bit of good behaviour. He also responds when we praise other children by attempting to copy some of their behaviours. We have found ABCC charts very useful to find reasons for his behaviour, as well as anticipate possible triggers, so we can be in place to (hopefully) prevent anyone getting hurt. It is slow progress but definately worth it. This child is not naughty. He is just trying to fit into the environment and has never sociallised with other children before. I hope things start to improve for you too, good luck and let us know how things go.
  14. Planning Targets

    how can you plan for a particular stage of development, surely you can only plan activities and the learning environment and then assess at what level each individual child is at?